Despite not being native to Japan, hedghogs have long been bred and sold as pets here. Residents can now visit the city's first hedghog cafe - a place where everyone can cuddle with the spiky animals.
A 6.1 magnitude quake hit the western city during the morning commute. It was the largest since records began in 1923. A number of casualties have been reported.
Yua Funato was repeatedly beaten and starved, but the pleading messages she left her mother and step-father have shaken a nation that used to pride itself on the importance of family and community. Julian Ryall reports.
The consumption of drugs in Japan still lags behind some Western nations, but a new generation of young and curious Japanese is willing to break the rules for a new experience. Julian Ryall reports.
The suspected assailant reportedly said he was upset and wanted to kill someone. The incident caused mass panic on the train as it was traveling from Tokyo to Osaka.
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